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Local Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia and Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Agriculture, announced $2.9 million in funding at a press conference for two McGill projects aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions caused by water and fertilizer use in agriculture.
Small planes have been flying over local farms and taking aerial photos for decades. Now, individual farmers are able to get an aerial view of a field using a small remote-controlled drone equipped with a camera. But Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been receiving information from a far more…
Urban sprawl has some Ontario farmers, agricultural organizations and even politicians looking to the north as the future for agriculture in the province. It is, after all, where producers can find cheaper land – typically priced between $1,000 to $1,500 per acre – and lots of it.
Sept. 7, 2916 - Canadian farmers are in a strong position to meet their financial obligations, despite plateauing farm incomes and slowing land appreciations, according to Farm Credit Canada's (FCC) 2016-2017 Outlook for Farm Assets and Debt Report.“This financial strength allows the industry to invest even more in the innovation…
June 21, 2016 - The Harrington research farm in Harringon, P.E.I., is breaking new ground, becoming the first Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada facility in the country to have part of its operation certified organic. The organic block is just 10 of the facility's approximately 400 hectares, but has been getting…
Apr. 26, 2016 - Honey bee colonies in the United States are in decline, due in part to the ill effects of voracious mites, fungal gut parasites and a wide variety of debilitating viruses. Researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently completed the…
Dec. 7, 2015, Paris - Canada, led by the province of Alberta, is implementing climate-smart agriculture by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer use in crop production. At least one million acres of farmland in Alberta are operating under 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source at Right Rate, Right Time, Right…
Nov. 10, 2015 - Trimble is acquiring the assets of privately held Agri-Trend of Red Deer, Alta. The acquisition will enable Trimble to provide agronomists and other crop advisors with a stronger set of brand-agnostic tools they can use to advise growers on how to better manage their operations. According…
January 12, 2015 - At first glance, there is nothing appetizing about huitlacoche, a corn fungus that North American farmers tend to view as a disease. Ugly and grey, the engorged kernels look like a genetic mistake, and do nothing to tempt a diner. But overcome their appearance and savour their…
Dec. 12, 2013, Fairfield, CT - Connecticut is the first U.S. state to pass legislation to make companies say if their products contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs.The state bill requires certain foods intended for humans to be clearly marked that it is entirely or partially genetically engineered.Connecticut's law goes…
Photo courtesy of Marleen Van Ham. July 9, 2013, Guelph, Ont. – Several trends emerged from the Exploring Rural Land Use conference, held in Guelph, Ont., on May 14.Farm ownership trendsAlfons Weeksink presented farm ownership trends based on surveys of farmers who rented land. He found that: 60 per cent…
Mar. 11, 2013 - Farmers feed your family, then take a second job to feed their own.  It’s a sad, but true, reality for those trying to make it in arguably the most noble of professions, as over 70 per cent of young farmers work more than 40 hours a…
Barley fibre helps lower cholesterol. That health claim, approved by Health Canada in 2012, is good news for Canadians, since about 40 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 79 have unhealthy cholesterol levels. And, if the health claim inspires consumers to demand food barley, then it will…
Feb. 26, 2013, Ottawa, ON - An expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies has found that water and land resources in Canada can be more sustainably managed by developing forward-thinking policies and effective land and water management strategies, adopting effective governance mechanisms, and harnessing technological advancements. The…
Feb. 4, 2013 - The Manitoba government and Ducks Unlimited Canada marked World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 by announcing a $3.5-million partnership to help restore Delta Marsh, one of the world's largest marshes covering 190 square kilometres on the southern shores of Lake Manitoba. The restoration will improve the…
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